Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.


Bloch Lobby

Hannah Norris & the Band

Enjoy the classic rock folk punk madness stylings of Lawrence-based Hannah Norris & the Band!

Bloch Lobby
DJs at Third Thursday

DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter!

Plaza Level, Bloch Building

Plaza Entrance Blocked

Regarding the Bloch Building entrance on the Plaza level (accessible entrance): Work continues on artist Andy Goldsworthy’s “Walking Wall.” The installation has temporarily blocked Plaza level access to the Bloch Building until July 21. Alternative entrances include:

– North doors of the Nelson-Atkins Building
– Parking garage, through Bloch Building doors (wheelchair accessible)
– Business Entrance at NW corner of Nelson-Atkins building (wheelchair accessible)

Need assistance? Call 816.751.1278 with concerns or questions.

Kirkwood Hall

Performance Cancelled: Moondrop Circus

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Moondrop Circus will unfortunately not be performing this evening. We look forward to having them back in the future!

In honor of the free exhibition Under the Big Top, and the trailblazing history of the American circus experience, Moondrop Circus makes its return to Third Thursday with aerial acts, stilt walker, and more.

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery 214
The Acrobats

Free Exhibition: Under the Big Top

From the razzle-dazzle of performances under the spotlights to the complicated dynamics between entertainers and their audiences, American artists have been inspired by the phenomenon of the circus. Under the Big Top reveals the anatomy of the circus. It showcases the awe and wonder it inspires as well as many behind-the-scenes elements integral to the success of the greatest show on earth.

Bloch Lobby

Radio Station Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 90.9 The Bridge!

Visit their table in Bloch Lobby for some swag and a chance to win!

Bloch Lobby

Drawings with Pop-Up Charlie

After a brief hiatus so Pop-Up Charlie could tour dozens of states and create his debut picture book (release date Fall 2019), our favorite illustration wizard is back to draw more on-the-spot watercolors! If you missed him last month at our outdoor June Third Thursday, join us inside the Bloch Building for another chance at a Pop-Up Charlie original watercolor quick sketch!

Bloch Lobby

Community Spotlight: KC Parks and Rec

July is National Park and Recreation Month! We may not have Leslie Knope or Ron Swanson, but meet our very own KC Parks and Rec crew ahead of Sunday, July 21’s Big Picnic festival. Chances are you’ll be enjoying one of the many amenities the department maintains this summer, from its 221 parks, 12,242 acres of parkland, 158 miles of trails and bikeways, 29 lakes, to hundreds of athletic fields and tennis courts, 106 playgrounds, and five public golf courses, plus fountains, monuments and sculptures, community centers, and eight museums.

Bloch Lobby

Artist Demonstration

Check out award-winning mixed media artist, Stephen Proski, as he creates artwork onsite! “My work is a response to what I see, and what I see is different from what you see. I explore the complexities of sightlessness in a sight-driven world. Squinting through the clutter and clamor of reality, my paintings reflect the whimsy and absurdity of our post cultural landscape framed through a tinted comedic lens.” Nuff said! See him in action in Bloch Lobby.

Bloch Lobby

Drop-In Art Activity

Join in the creative fun by coloring a one-of-a-kind, coloring page designed by artist, Stephen Proski!

Various galleries; maps available in Bloch Lobby

Intern Gallery Talks

Join some of the museum’s summer interns for rapid fire talks and conversations on art throughout our permanent collection. Pick up a map in Bloch Lobby to see where each intern will be stationed ready to chat about their chosen artwork during the times specified below.

6-7:30 p.m.
Hannah Lane, Guardian King, Gallery 205
Kelli Morford, Saint Cecilia, Gallery P15
Mary Frances Ivey, Still Life with Apricots, Almonds, and Strawberries, Gallery P27
Bailey McCulloch, Starr Miniatures, Gallery P24

7-8:30 p.m.
London Williams, Memento #5, Gallery L5
Stephanie Alger, Burnap Collection of English Pottery, Gallery P12
Larisa Masri, The Emperor Hadrian, Gallery P3
Kelsey Webster, À La Gaieté Rochechouart: Nicolle, Gallery P28

Bloch Lobby

Beverages and Small Plates

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!

Living in America

Gold Fever